wwa-culture-cultural-expression-photoframeReconciliation Australia and Cool Australia have teamed up to create teaching resources designed to support inquiry into the histories and cultures of Australia’s First Peoples.

The teaching resources harness the power of the ‘Who We Are: Brave New Clan’ films, which follow the lives of six exceptional young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they share stories about their communities, histories and cultures in contemporary Australia.

Watch the Film – Free For a Limited Time

Thanks to Ronin Films and Reconciliation Australia, this brilliant, 47-minute documentary is available to Cool Australia members free of charge for #NRW2021 and NAIDOC Week 2021 (until 11 July). Click here.

You can purchase a DVD or digital file of this amazing documentary from Ronin Films here

About the Film

Brave New Clan features six extraordinary young Australians who share what Indigenous culture means to them today in contemporary urban Australia. From the bustling streets of Sydney to the aquamarine vistas of the Torres Strait, their stories span a diverse population across the country and yet share common themes of resilience, courage, optimism and success.  The young people in the film reflect with pride on where they came from, the courage they needed to get where they are, and the optimism they have for where they are going.

The teaching resources are divided into three primary school units; People, Culture, and Country/Place. Each unit contains classroom-ready lessons aligned with the Australian Curriculum’s cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.

Through these three units, students will develop understandings around:

  • The diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, histories and cultures
  • Cultural expression through being, knowing, thinking and doing
  • The aspirations, achievements and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Students will understand that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have holistic belief systems and are spiritually and intellectually connected to the land, seas, skies and waterways. Students will understand what is meant by Country and recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have different ways of talking about and feeling connected to Country. 

Each unit contains a social action project to help students to understand ways they can share what they have learned about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and Country with the school and wider community.

Who We Are: Brave New Clan
Culture Years 4 – 6

In the film Culture, the six young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders describe what their cultures means to them and to their families. 

Who We Are: Brave New Clan
People Years 4 – 6

In the film People, the six young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders introduce who they are. The hosts identify their nations and describe their experience of family. 

Who We Are: Brave New Clan
Country/Place Years 4 – 6

In the film Country/Place, the six young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples speak about their connection to Country. 

ra-narragunnawali-logo-65Each lesson contains engaging activities, factsheets, teacher background information, tips and assessment ideas. These resources support schools taking action for reconciliation, as supported by Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning, a program designed to help schools develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

Interested in Learning More?

We have a range of resources and projects below that are aligned to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cross-Curriculum Priority. Check them out below. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected]